A: Mice have a life expectancy of 18 months to two years.
A: Mice and rats are not fussy eaters. In the wild, they will typically eat seed, grains and fruit, but if the rodents are in your home, they will gnaw away at almost anything they can find. Dry foods like cereals are easy targets, but both rats and mice will be indiscriminate when it comes to sustenance. Don’t be surprised to see evidence of rodents around bins and waste food – this is a common factor in the initial attraction of mice and rats to your home in the first place.
A: Mice can give birth from the age of two months, and typically reproduce 6-10 times in one year once they have established a nest.
A: Both rat and mouse litters can be large, typically averaging around 5-10 babies per litter for mice, and 8-12 for rats. These figures can be larger, stretching to 15 and 20 in some cases, and this will quickly add up with multiple litters a year. Because of this, rodent infestations can be extensive and persistent.
A: While commonly seen as unhygienic animals, rats and mice are actually very clean, spending a lot of time grooming themselves and their babies. They will also be meticulous when it comes to nursing an injured member of the group and generally looking after one another.
A: While very clean animals, rats and mice infesting a property can carry germs and diseases picked up from other sources – such as sewers or food from rubbish bins. These can be spread through urine or droppings, or from any ticks or fleas they might have picked up along the way.
A: They can, but it’s rare, usually only occurring when the rat is cornered or threatened. Rodents will avoid humans most of the time, preferring to scurry out at night to avoid contact, but they do come equipped with large, sharp teeth, so if you do spot a mouse or rat in your home, try not to threaten and get too close – else they could decide to bite.
A: If you suspect an infestation in your home, you’ll need to arrange a pest control survey to establish the type and size. With ClearFirst Pest Control, this stage is provided free of charge. Once our experts have surveyed your property and have a clear idea of the size and extent of the infestation, they will then offer you a quotation – also free of charge – which will vary depending on the specifics of your infestation. We do not charge a callout fee, and if you are unhappy with our final results, we will be happy to come back at a later date and do the work again at no extra cost.